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THRS scheme to be extended

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Awards presented to best anganwadi workers, grama panchayats

KOCHI: The Minister for Industries and Social Welfare, V.K. Ebrahim Kunju, said the Take Home Ration Strategy (THRS) under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) that was introduced in select blocks last year would be extended to all blocks in the State.

He was speaking after distributing awards to the best anganwadi workers and grama panchayats for implementing the ICDS programmes, at a function held at the E.M.S. Memorial Town Hall, Ernakulam, on Saturday. The Minister said Rs. 44 lakhs had been allotted in this year's State budget for constructing buildings for anganwadis.

He said though the activities of the ICDS had ensured a considerable decrease in malnutrition among women and children in the State, the problem of malnutrition was still prevalent in certain areas in the hilly districts, as well as coastal areas. Special attention was needed, especially in the case of women and children belonging to the scheduled caste and tribe segments in the high ranges, where cases of malnutrition were more.

The Minister distributed awards to 66 anganwadi workers from all over the State. Presidents of 20 grama panchayats in the State also received awards for the successful implementation of ICDS projects.

The grama panchayats include Chirayinkeezhu and Manamboor (Varkala block) in Thiruvananthapuram district, Mynagappally (Karunagappally block) in Kollam district, Kunnamthanam in Pathanathitta district, Chingeli (Harippad block) and Muhamma (Kanjikkuzhy block) in Alappuzha district, Velloor (Kaduthuruthy) in Kottayam district, Chengamanadu (Parakkadavu block), Palakuzha (Pampakkuda block), Asamannuur (Koovappady) and Kizhakkambalam (Vazhakkulam block) in Ernakulam district, Puthur (Ollukkara) in Thrissur district, Polpolly (Malampuzha block) in Palakkad district, Thenjippalam (Thirurangadi block) in Malappuram district, Nenmada (Chelannur block), Olavanna (Kozhikode Rural) and Naripetta (Kunnummel block) in Kozhikode district, Chengali (Thaliparamba block) in Kannur district, Thondarnadu (Mananthawady block) in Wayanad district and Manjeswaram (Manjeswaram block) in Kasaragod.

V.M. Vijaya Raghava Menon, Director, Department of Social Welfare, presented the report. The Secretary, Social Welfare Department, Lida Jacob, welcomed the gathering and the Additional Director, C. Pradeep Kumar, proposed a vote of thanks.

The Acting President of the Ernakulam District Panchayat, K.R. Subhash, presided over the meeting.

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